We left James filling in Amanda about what he’s been investigating..so she can look at it with ‘fresh eyes’..
The next thing we see – Amanda has tracked down Lee to plead James’ case. Seems she’s looked at the evidence and thought it worth pursuing.. I think she would have known that Lee would not just jump at it just because she says so – and she would need to fight for this.. She’s really stepping out here! What do you think?
Lee and Amanda are standing on the street in front of an impressive looking high rise.
Lee: Amanda I am booked solid for the next three days with ICEP. I have got diplomats, kings, earls…
…And you run this preposterous story by me…
…about some Russian agent who’s going to single-handedly destroy capitalism?
[See comments below]
Lee: ha! (Lee points over to the steps of the building where James is in conversation with someone.) And where did he get that outfit huh?!
…Last time I saw him, he looked like a light-bulb salesman. [Gee Lee maybe he realised how superficial agents like you are and that in order to get you to listen to him, he needed to buy a new suit??!! see my comments] James finishes up his conversation and begins heading towards Lee and Amanda..
Amanda: Lee, James has evidence, seven years worth of research.
Lee: ‘James’ has evidence? huh??
[ha haaa! yes Lee he has a name! Yes pay attention Lee! Interesting that out of that sentence from Amanda “Lee, James has evidence” Lee chooses to focus on ‘James’ not ‘evidence!!!’ ]
Lee spits out: … Amanda, James is a pencil pusher!
[and therefore we shouldn’t know his first name huh?! Pencil pusher?! worst crime – ever!! ]
At this, Amanda makes a face and turns to James as he is approaching.. she knows Lee is not receiving this well..
tread carefully Amanda- hang in there!
IMHO – Lee needs to be reminded that he owes her!!!
Lee continues as James joins them: besides..
…besides, who is going to do all this, huh? How? when?
[Lee is being far too smug here.. ugh!]
James: If I knew precisely how or when, Mr Stetson I wouldn’t be asking for your help.
[good answer.. I wouldn’t be asking for Lee’s help either when he’s like this if I had another option! ]
Lee lets out a sigh…: Let’s start with who then.
Ohhh Lee you will never guess who!!!
Lee is agitated, and a bit condescending here.. but in the end.. he doesn’t walk away.. He doesn’t tell them to go push pencils.. he does (eventually) actually ask questions! Good one Lee!
Starting with the ‘who’ -right on time the man in question exits the building behind them!
James: Fair enough.
[James is tenacious and isn’t swayed by Lee and his attitude.. good for him- sound like someone else we know and love? ]
James moves to the side so he doesn’t block the view and continues: He’s the tall man there in the dark blue suit.
… his name is Kenneth Clayton- Dobbs, the seventh earl of Twickensham. [Looks like James was talking to Dobbs’ staff to see what time he would be coming out]
Get out of here!! but that’s the VIP that Lee was assigned to ‘dump on’ haaaa.. whatever the heck that means!
The look on Lee’s face here when he hears this is incredulous.. no Lee- I can’t believe it either!
Back to IFF for a little slideshow.. a whole lot of exposition about Clayton-Dobbs (I’ll call him Dobbs or scoundrel.. depending on my mood ) .. with a joke thrown in to keep us interested..
So.. we left the last scene hearing he’s an earl.. but.. apparently not so!
James: Actually, he’s the first son of a Welsh coal miner named Glendower.
…That’s him on the right.
…A bright little bugger [lol can they throw anymore British stereotypical language in there?! jolly stupid! I guess we don’t find subtle stereotypes in smk! ]
… He wangled himself a rugby scholarship to public school,…
…pulled some strings…
Of course, Lee has to comment on this flub of James’
Lee: ohhh nice strings.
James I think believes Lee is complementing his research until he turns and realises Lee is referring to this holiday snap which has found it’s way into the slideshow.. [see comments below!] LOL he doesn’t seem fazed by this slip up..
James: Oh! That’s me in Torquay with the Muffly sisters!!
At this we see Amanda kind of grits her teeth here.. come on James.. you’re testing Lee’s patience here!! Don’t push it!! [I think she worries these surface strange moments will detract from what James has actually found out.. so she quietly laughs to cover how this is a bit strange IMHO! What do you think? ]
Amanda gives Lee a smile here.. as if to say – I know he’s a bit strange but hear him out! Hang in there please!!! and Lee gives her an unimpressed look.. but turns back to James with a slight smile..
yeah! the guy is strange! but.. oh alright!
he’ll listen a bit more because Amanda asked maybe?? do share what you think they are saying!!
James: I’m terribly sorry. Uh where was I?
Uh oh.. come on James! get back on track here or your done! [and Amanda won’t live this down in a hurry either!]
… Umm.. here we are… oh yes.. Now he cheated on his entrance exams and got into Cambridge…
[that guy looks nothing like Dodds?!]
…where he hobnobbed with the upper crust..
…lied about his background…
[we see Amanda smile here.. gleeful now James is back on track.. she gives Lee a quick glance but quickly returns to the slide show.]
We see Lee is still impatient.. He’s struggling with this humouring Amanda and James business
[In the script Francine was in this scene.. can you imagine?!]
James continues: …joined all the right clubs…All part of a very carefully considered plan. After Cambridge the earl entered the Foreign office.. [Lee’s paying attention now! ]
…where he started mucking things up wherever he was stationed. The Suez in ‘56, the Congo in ‘60, Rhodesia in ‘65, and so on…
[wait a minute.. just how old is this Dobbs suppose to be??!!!! He’d have to be at least 50 no?]
… Last year he was in Luxembourg.
Lee: Luxembourg? What, the default on the World Bank loan?
[I don’t think Lee is buying it.. ]
James: Precisely. You see, his speciality is economic chaos.
At this, James turns off his slideshow and turns on the lights.. oh looky.. a random hat stand is suddenly in IFF conference rooms very James Bond
Lee is thoughtful..
[Okay, this Dobbs is the chairman of the International Conference for Economic Prosperity! that alone is a red flag no??!!! I mean how did that happen when the guy wrecks everything?! ]
James continues:… and his very next target is the U.S.
At this, James gives a huge smile and leans back on his chair, nearly falling off and hitting the wall but managing to stop himself in time.. Oh dear.. this bumbling gets in the way of Lee taking him seriously..
Amanda cries: James! (worrying about him)
Lee gives Amanda another look here – the guy is a clumsy pencil pusher!!! Come on Lee.. don’t be swayed by the superficial.. hear him and Amanda out.
Amanda: uh, James. why don’t you show Lee the new pictures that you just took?
James: oh yes, thank you. Of course, I want you to see these, yes.
…Aha, here we are. Do you recognise this bloke?
Lee: uh uh.. (as in no)
James gives him another photo: what about that bird?
[Hey-Lee hands fans- is this his hand???)
Lee: Wait a second. That’s Karla Krulnikov, KGB at the Soviet embassy.
… what’s Clayton-Dobbs doing with her?
What a good question! 😉
– ‘Lee: Amanda I am booked solid for the next three days with ICEP’
ICEP being the International Conference on Economic Progress. The chairman being: Clayton-Dobbs! I think a theory about destroying capitalism rings true when this conference is taking place and he’s chairing it! And so Lee should listen anyway.. the guy does work for MI6.. so I don’t think it’s unreasonable.. but maybe it’s must me!
love Amanda’s response to Lee pointing out the story is preposterous.. she doesn’t even try to argue it’s not. She’s good at this! She totally takes the wind out of Lee’s complaining here haaaa.. I love that she is so direct here. yes it does sound ridiculous. but.. it might be true!
Hey Lee! it’s no more ridiculous than some of the other smk plots buddy! Amanda had baddie go get plastic surgery to look exactly like her, and take over her life just so she could assassinate Lee, I think Amanda deserves a bit of a break on the preposterous front don’t you?!! whahahaaa!! [plus it seems to be forgotten that Stetson owes her one! ]
-‘and where did he get that outfit huh?!’
I love how Lee determines if he should listen to someone based on their outfit!! He did the same thing in Car Wars – when the internal finances guy (LaRue, another pencil pusher) was wanting spending cuts – Look at the guy!! Lee said.. as if to say how can you trust a guy with no fashion sense???!!!
Yep, there goes Lee judging based on appearances.. discounting James and his story before he has even heard the evidence.
I think Lee is annoyed that the guy is not the bore Lee thought he would be.. he even had the nerve to smarten up his outfit! How dare he!! That’s… misrepresentation! tee heee..
Then, to top it all off? Amanda actually didn’t find him to be a bore!! She wasn’t suppose to like the guy!!! IMHO Lee is annoyed because Amanda isn’t doing what he wanted her to do!!
-‘James has evidence huh?’
Why do you think Lee notes Amanda’s use of James’ first name?? I think it relates to what I was just talking about – Amanda isn’t suppose to be on a first name basis with this guy!! I’m not thinking this is jealousy though- there is no hint of anything like that as far as I can see… but this is not going the way Lee had planned when he tricked Amanda into the dinner suffer Lee!
Interesting.. this reminds me of Service above and Beyond – where they are fighting and Amanda says she thinks Jim is sincere – and Lee says Jim????!!!![though I do think Lee was jealous then!]
In exactly the same way.. Lee may at times seem a bit dim when it comes to relationships (tee hee) but he is sharp, and picks up on where Amanda is at lightning fast Curious that this is with another ‘James’.. James Delano.. James Brand.. ahem..
-interesting that at first Lee didn’t give him a name – he was ‘an accountant’ .. Amanda has gone further.. going beyond ‘Mr Brand’ to ‘James’ I like what this says!!! A nice touch..
– ‘Amanda, James is a pencil pusher!’
Lee’s temper rises with this observation.. Again, we see Lee highlighting this guy is a nobody. He hasn’t even heard any of the evidence. Plus, Amanda has and has brought it to Lee – IMHO this doesn’t speak highly for Lee’s view of Amanda as well as for James.. he has a ways to go before he respects her work and her ‘fresh eyes’. [Lee is this cranky and he hasn’t even seen how James tries to be James Bond yet! LOL!] Boy am I looking forward to hearing what you make of Lee’s anger here.
-Freud says there are not accidents!
You know this photo of the Mufly sisters which accidentally makes it’s way into the slideshow? I don’t really buy that it’s an accident. I think James put it in to enhance his James Bond persona he is going for.. See! I’m great with the ladies! but.. it doesn’t really work because –he risks putting off Lee with this unprofessionalism (hard to take seriously so bad mistake) and – in person this doesn’t seem to mesh.. or at least it doesn’t to me.. maybe James is different off duty huh! to me he doesn’t seem ‘the type’ but then.. this whole episode is about questioning these assumptions we make – so who really knows?!
What do you think?
-I’ve given above my ideas on what is being said non verbally by Lee and Amanda during this slide show..what do you think is going on??
I think Lee is not really interested until he sees the latest photo of Dobbs with a KGB agent – in broad daylight.. rofl.. as if!!! How did this Dobbs manage to stay so secret for so long meeting KGB agents during the day in public like that?!!
I’ll finish up here for now.. and pick up where we left off.. lots of exposition here.. but the silent struggle between Lee and Amanda here to me makes it interesting to watch.. it’s like Lee is fighting with himself – he fights getting up and walking out- he stays for this long IMHO for her- awh!! He isn’t perfect.. and he is being difficult.. but he does stay at least!!
Back with more soon! Really love to hear your thoughts! Byeeee!